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Is it Worth Buying a “Pro” Model Saxophone? – Part II

Ask a Saxophone Repairman

This article is part two if a two-part interview series with Matt Stohrer on what it is that makes a saxophone a true “pro” model. If you haven’t done so already, check out part I to get the full scoop. DO: In your opinion, what makes a saxophone truly a “pro” horn as opposed to […]

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What Makes Saxophone Stalwart Mel Martin Tick?

Mel Martin

Playing alongside giants such as Benny Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Boz Scaggs, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, James Brown, and B.B. King, Mel Martin has cut his teeth in the company of some of the jazz history’s finest. With his outings as both a leader and solo artist, Martin has collected honors such […]

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Is it Worth Buying a “Pro” Model Saxophone? – Part I

Professional Saxophone

This article is part one of a two-part interview series with Matt Stohrer on what it is that makes a saxophone a true “pro” model.   With his relentless passion for all things saxophone, Matt Stohrer is a fountainhead of in-depth knowledge when it comes to the repairing, selling, and trading of saxophones. After servicing […]

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Is It Time to Teach?

Saxophone Lessons

This is a guest post from saxophonist and educator David Erato of You’ve taken lessons for a few years or more. You have basic knowledge of music theory and proficiency on your horn. It may be time to share your knowledge with others. But to what degree? Will teaching be your main source of […]

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Accelerate Your Musical Progress with Some Killer Practice Aids

Saxophone Practice Aids

This guest post is from saxophone and multi-reed player, composer, recording artist, and educator Sam Sadigursky of This month, I want to share two of the best practice aids on the market, things that are a big part of both my individual practice and my teaching studio. The Tuning CD: The concept behind this CD is […]

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Five Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Saxophone

Five Things You Probably Didn't Know About the Saxophone

This is a guest post by Mark Catoe of 1. Politics kept the saxophone out of the orchestra. When Adolphe Sax invented the saxophone, his shop made all the parts for all his instruments (including woodwinds and brass). The other instrument makers in town really didn’t like this, because they had been assembling interchangeable […]

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A Look at the World’s Most Popular Saxophone Embouchure

Single Lip Saxophone Embouchure

I remember taking my younger nephew to a musical exhibit on one of our most memorable family vacations. It was called Amazing Music Studio and it gave attendees the opportunity to pick an instrument of interest and learn, over the course of a few hours, the basics of that instrument. Rather than just pressing buttons […]

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Bob Ackerman Shares his Vintage Saxophone and Mouthpiece Wisdom

Bob Ackerman

This is a guest interview by Todd S. Feldman of RS Berkeley Musical Instruments. Vintage instrument expert, accomplished multi-reed player, masterful improviser, and Chase Music & Cadence recording artist Bob Ackerman epitomizes the term “musician’s musician.” As a saxophonist under the tutelage of world-class teachers including the legendary Joe Allard, Bob’s early career found him […]

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